Archer likely to miss first four matches for Rajasthan Royals
Jofra Archer is set to return to India to play for the Rajasthan Royals after a period on the sidelines recovering from injury, despite some early doubts over his availability for the 2021 IPL.
Archer, who had finger surgery on Monday in England, is expected to miss at least the first four matches of the Royals' schedule.
The IPL, which will be played behind closed doors in India, starts on April 9 with the Royals scheduled to play their first match on April 12 in Mumbai against the Punjab Kings.
The Royals were awaiting an update from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on a firm date of departure, but it is understood that the franchise expects him to be out for at least the first four matches.
On Wednesday, the ECB said Archer had undergone successful surgery to remove a fragment of glass from the middle finger on his right hand and that he would now begin two weeks of rehabilitation.
He would be reviewed by a consultant before returning to training and more would be known about the effectiveness of an injection to an ongoing elbow problem, once he was bowling again, the ECB added.
In terms of his IPL involvement, the ECB said it was too early to confirm and a decision would be made once he was given the all-clear to return to bowling.